16 March 2016
An article by Andrew Gough entitled “Saint Sulpice and The Symbolism of The Priory of Sion” (The Heretic Magazine, Number 8, March 2016) proposed that the drawing of the octopus/spider on Philippe de Chèrisey's artistic impression of Marie de Negri d'Ables' non-existent tombstone was based upon a sculpted octopus on a Holy Water Stoup in the church of St Sulpice, Paris (by the artist Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 1714-1785).
It is more likely that the octopus/spider on de Chèrisey's fake tombstone is partly based on a drawing found in the works of French esotericist Paul Le Cour (1871-1954). Pierre Plantard modelled certain elements of his Priory of Sion mythology on Le Cour's writings and had also quoted Le Cour in his 1940s journal, Vaincre.
When Philippe de Chèrisey created his artistic depiction of the fake tombstone of Marie de Negri d'Ables, he worked on the pun araignée (French word for spider) and Or à Rennes (the gold at Rennes) – the letters PS on the fake tombstone are enclosed in a loop and a vertical line with an arrow-head at each end linking the letters with the word PRAE-CUM (before) – the letter before P is O and the letter before S is R – the two combined letters therefore spell the word OR.